Mix It Up

Pairing high-end items with bargains lets you cut a dashing figure at black-tie events. Photographs by Scott Breithaupt

For Her

This is a mix-and-match season. The same great evening jacket that you wear with a taffeta skirt can be worn with a hot T-shirt, jeans, and boots. That gives you extra mileage from your fashion investment.

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Styling by Chuck Bennett and Aleene Jinn Hang

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Black dress, $73, and faux fur jacket, $126, both by “Simply Vera” Vera Wang, at area Kohl’s stores; kohls.com. Black beaded belt, $59, and gold broach, $69, at Club Monaco, Somerset Collection North, Troy; 248-649-2665. Vintage dangle earrings, $395, Miu Miu heels, $695, and Valentino clutch, $1,950, all at Tender, Birmingham; 248-258-0212.

1) Dangle earrings, $995, at Tender, Birmingham; 248-258-0212.
2) Dangle earrings, $7.80, at area Forever 21 stores; forever21.com.
3) Fur vest, $4,100, at Linda Dresner, Birmingham; 248-642-4999.
4) Judith Leiber clutch, $3,895, at Saks Fifth Avenue, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-643-9000.
5) Beaded clutch, $59, at Club Monaco, Somerset Collection North, Troy; 248-649-2665.
6) Sigerson Morrison for Target heels, $36.99, at Target, various locations; target.com.
7) Swarovski crystal earrings, $29.97, from Nordstrom Rack, Troy; 248-764-2121.
8) Collection diamond rings, starting at $34,300, at Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, West Bloomfield Township; 248-932-7700, and Novi; 248-465-1800.
Additional sources: Armani Exchange, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-637-0080. Bella Mia Dressed Up, Plymouth; 734-656-0057. Rococo, Northville; 248-449-8066. Bellocchio, Royal Oak; 248-541-8025. Paris Antiques, Royal Oak; 248-542-9593. Oliver’s Trendz, Birmingham; 248-723-9833. Shoetique, Rochester; 248-651-7463.

For Him

Beyond a nicely tailored tuxedo, personal taste can be displayed by adding a beautiful silk scarf, an attractive tie and vest set — long ties are very in — or some dazzling jewelry: studs, cuff links, and watches

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Styling by Chuck Bennett and Aleene Jinn Hang

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Pal Zileri Cerimonia tuxedo jacket, and tuxedo pants, $2,395, both at L’Uomo Vogue, Bloomfield Township; 248-855-7788. White tuxedo shirt and shoes available for rental at area President Tuxedo shops; presidenttuxedo.com. White tuxedo shirts also available at area H&M stores; hm.comBlack silk tie, $19.60, at area Kohl’s stores; kohls.com. Dion vest, (part of a tie set) $395, at Cicchini Custom Clothier, Birmingham; 248-646-0535.

9) Tie, $19.60, at area Kohl’s stores; kohls.com.
10) Tie by Dion, (part of a vest set) $395, at Cicchini Custom Clothier, Birmingham; 248-646-0535.
11) Giorgio Valentini cuff shirt, $85, at Cicchini Custom Clothier, Birmingham; 248-646-0535.
12) Gent’s Patek Philippe watch in 18-karat yellow gold, $17,400, at Ahee Jewelers, Grosse Pointe Woods; 313-886-4600.
13) Men’s stainless-steel black-leather strap Bulova watch, $165, at area Macy’s stores; macys.com.
14) Cufflinks, $1,500, at Ahee Jewelers, Grosse Pointe Woods; 313-886-4600.
15) Link Up cufflinks, $29.99, at Loehmann’s, Troy; 248-680-1400.
Additonal sources: Armani Exchange, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-637-0080, H&M, Sterling Heights; 586-532-8847, K&G Fashion Superstores; kgstores.com. Also, look for great sales at Barneys Co-Op, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-205-7000, and Club Monaco; clubmonaco.com

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